Demand for county medical services has increased across the board over the last several years, due in great part to people losing jobs and employer-sponsored health insurance. Hospital officials insist that claims of excessive delays for biopsies are exaggerated but acknowledge the number of patients seeking care at the county’s Department of Health Services has surged, as fewer private providers, especially specialists, are willing to treat patients without private insurance.
“More and more people are not doing these things on uninsured patients and that leaves more on our doorstep,” said Carol Meyer, the department’s chief network officer.
This is pretty much an expected consequence of a poor economy. More people are going uninsured and need to use the county system which has never been efficient and will likely never be. The fact that people are complaining about health care they get for free says something as well.